January 14, 2015

Hey Obama...

This is a red letter day. I don't remember the last time I linked to an old BerkeleySquareJazz blog post. And I didn't remember it being that long ago, but I did recall this post (and its awesome photo of a young woman holding the paramount sign from the protestwarrior.com collection) when our president refused to link arms with the rest of the political leaders of the free world last weekend.

What a difference a decade makes. Investors' Ed Page goes into more detail about the new normal in 'France, For Now at Least, Gets Realistic on War on Terror.'

Time will tell whether it is the France of Joan of Arc or of Petain of Vichy that becomes dominant in the global war on terror. But right now, the French get credit for clear thinking. Just as the Resistance made little distinction between Vichy and the Nazis, Le Drian correctly sees no difference between the gunmen killing editorial cartoonists in Paris, claiming affiliation with al-Qaida in Yemen, and the British Jihadi John beheading innocent captive journalists within IS territory.

They, and the Taliban and the Islamofascist regime in Iran, are all components of the same enemy of Western civilization.

At the White House, unfortunately, an attack on a magazine or a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi elicits withholding use of the "T word" for as long as possible.

Our objective in fighting IS isn't victory as soon as possible; it is to "degrade" it and only destroy it "ultimately" -- because the president, our commander in chief, is dead set in his refusal to "involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil."

Our missions against terrorists can't be part of the "global war on terror"; they must be "overseas contingency operations," a defanged term the Obama administration began insisting on soon after coming to power.

It is all a devious attempt to disguise that Western civilization faces another world war.

The French, for now at least, have rekindled their recollections of the Nazi occupation: those who pretend it isn't really war are cursed to lose it.

So to France I say, "Thank you, for protecting civilization." At least, for now.

(And I can't resist reposting the pic. Imagine this saying "Hey Obama" and being carried by a Parisienne.)

Hey%20France

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UPDATE: Michael Ramirez' take


UPDATE II: [jk -- hate to bust in on a brother's post, but we should give equal time to the brave French of yore...]

History Obama Administration Shameless Self Promotion War on Terror Posted by JohnGalt at January 14, 2015 2:20 PM

I'm not quite sure but it seems like you're harshing my pro-France mellow.

Posted by: johngalt at January 14, 2015 7:07 PM

Pardon moi. I just remembered this picture and thought it reflective of French valor.

Posted by: Jk at January 14, 2015 9:12 PM

It took me a while to remember - she was protesting the then French President for not joining the coalition, non? So yes, a like-minded contribution. Much thanks.

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2015 1:28 PM

Errr, ummm... Merci!

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2015 1:29 PM

I knew you'd see it my way.

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